“I would literally start crying and shaking if I had to do interviews at red carpet events.”
She may be one of the world’s most recognisable and in-demand models, but life in front of the camera isn’t always a breeze for Bella Hadid.
In fact, the 21-year-old has suffered from debilitating social anxiety, she recently revealed.
The half-Palestinian star opened up about her battles while appearing on Making a Model, a Lifetime reality show in which Bella’s mother, Yolanda Hadid, coaches aspiring models hoping to break into the industry.
Bella dropped in to meet some of the contestants and got chatting with hopeful Makenzie, who revealed fears that her anxiety would hold her back.
“You know, my sister’s very bubbly and very out there and I was always very reserved,” the model said, referring to elder sister (and also model) Gigi, according to the Daily Mail.
“In this business it’s hard to stay centered, stay inside yourself. You’re not alone, I promise you, I’m hear to talk. Believe me I get it, I was totally there.”
The model, who’s fronted campaigns for Dior, Bulgari and Giuseppe Zanotti—to name just a few, confessed she also struggled with anxiety, revealing “I would literally blackout”.
“I would literally start crying and shaking if I had to do interviews at red carpet events because it was really nerve-wracking and it is scary,” Bella said, in a clip obtained by the Daily Mail.
“I promise I went through that, it gets better once you start doing it every day, it’s my job I have to do it anyway.”
Bella’s courageous revelation comes just days after sister Gigi opened up about her health battles, following speculation on social media over a change in her shape.
“You may not know that when I started [modelling] at 17 I was not yet diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease,” the 22-year-old wrote in a candid Twitter post.
“Those of you who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation and water retention due to that.
“Please, as social media users and human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story. Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those you don’t.”
Kudos to the sisters for opening up about their personal struggles to help those in similar situations who may feel alone.
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